Publication Date: 6 February 2020
Otto lives in the frozen city of Hodeldorf, where eternal winter has fallen. When his mother goes missing one icy morning, Otto vows to find her – joining forces with the Tattercoats, a gang of brave orphans. Now they must journey into a dark forest on a heart-racing adventure that will chill you to the bone. Witches lurk. Sun dragons lie sleeping. Endless winter shivers. Will you enter the lost forest – or would you rather stay safe at home?
Sublime storytelling whisks you away to the dark depths of a fairytale world, with hints of Oliver and Grim.
From the very first page it’s clear you are entering a town that is bitterly cold, both in temperature and temperament.
Otto is quickly abandoned in his new home and falls fowl of the fastest thief in town. With nothing left, including his freedom, he manages to hold onto hope.
The townsfolk treat the Tattercoats with the same disgust as rats, leaving them to fend for themselves in the neverending winter that has descended. Their tenacity and teamwork, and rules and respect for others mean that although their lives are incledibly hard, they have riches beyond the people who shun them.
Once Otto realises this, he forms friendships as strong as family bonds as he attempts to regain what he’s lost.
The stories the Tattercoats listen to at night are as magical as any fairytale and enlightening as any creation tale, especially after the children enter the forest.
Matilda Woods has, once again, written a book that reads like a timeless tale. An absolute delight from beginning to end. Normally, books go straight onto my bookcase at school once I’ve read them, but I’m saving this one for our next class read aloud. I can’t wait for them to meet Otto, Nim and Nibbles!
Great for fans of:
- The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson
- Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone
- The Girl Of Ink And Stars by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
Huge thanks to Fritha and Scholastic for sending me a copy for review.